appetizers

Paneer Cutlets/Paneer Patties

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Paneer cutlet recipe, easy to prepare crisp cutlets made with cottage cheese (paneer) ,potatoes and corn mixed with spices,coated in breadcrumbs and shallow fried.
They are a very popular Indian snack dish that can also be served as an appetizer.
Elders as well as kids will surely love this recipe that is made using paneer and potatoes and can be served as after school snacks.
Watch this step by step recipe and do leave me your valuable feedback.

prep time 20 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
serves 4

Ingredients

200 grams paneer OR 1.75 cups grated or crumbled paneer
3 small OR 1 cup potatoes
1 cup boiled corn
2 green chilies, chopped
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
1 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
1 cup rice flour or corn starch
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup breadcrumbs
oil for pan frying

Directions || how to make paneer cutlet

In a bowl, add crumbled paneer,boiled potato and boiled corn.
Next add all the spice – red chili powder,cumin powder and garam masala , green chillies and chopped coriander.
Add 3 to 4 tablespoons rice flour and salt as required. instead of rice flour, you can also use corn starch.
Squeeze some lemon juice and mix everything very well. do check the taste and if required add more salt.
Take a portion of the mixture and shape in to patties.
Next in a plate take some breadcrumbs, place the paneer cutlet on the breadcrumbs coat well.
Make all cutlets this way and coat them with breadcrumbs.keep aside.

frying paneer cutlets:

heat 3 tablespoons oil in a pan or tawa. keep the flame to medium-low or medium and place the paneer cutlets.
when the base is golden, flip gently without breaking them.
fry the second side too without golden. flip a couple of times till the paneer cutlets are crisp and golden.
place fried paneer cutlets on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.
serve paneer cutlet hot with any sauce or chutney or dip.

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Bread Patties(cutlets)

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Bread patties is very simple yet tasty patties made with bread , veggies and spices.
This makes a very yummy light lunch or snack. If you have some really great or leftover breads and some veggies, you got to try this recipe at home.These Bread Patties fall exactly in that category. They’re crisp and crunchy outside, soft, melt-in-the-mouth inside,
and make for a delicious snack to enjoy at teatime, whether by yourself, or even at a the party.
Serve the Bread Patties (Bread Cutlets) along with tomato ketchup or Green Chutney to add zesty flavour.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 12 bread patties

 

Ingredients

5 to 6 slices of bread
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup spring onions
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp ginger paste
1 green chilies
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp pudina(mint) leaves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 cup water
salt as required
oil for deep frying

 

Directions || How to make bread patties

For bread patties:

Take 5 slices of bread and break them.Mash them well.

Add chopped onions, minced garlic,carrots,spring onions,1 green chilly, coriander leaves, mint leaves,salt,
red chilli powder , garam masala powder ,rice flour and salt.

Add 1/4 cup water and mix very well first.

Then begin to knead to a smooth dough. you may not need to add more water

Onions helps in binding the dough. if you are not able to bind to a dough, then sprinkle some water and knead to
form a smooth dough.

Divide the dough in to small or medium sized balls and then flatten them. keep aside.

for frying patties:

Heat oil for shallow frying in a pan.

Now add patties one by one the prepared vadas in the hot oil.

Fry the bread patties till crisp and golden.

Baita Roti (Egg roti)

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Baida Roti or Egg Roll is an awesome and delicious combination of eggs and chicken(meat) which is shallow fried in ghee. This yummy flavorful Indian bread stuffed with minced mutton or chicken should be a must go dish in the month of holy Ramadan. You can even prepare this dish for parties or get together s. Do watch this step by step video for
cripsy Baida Roti.

Preparation time : 20 minss
Cooking time : 20 mins
Serves : 4

 

Ingredients:

For the dough:

250 gm maida
1 tsp oil
Water
Salt to taste

 

For the filling:

250 gm minced chicken or meat(keema)
1/2 small onion, chopped
Half cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 eggs, beaten

Salt to taste

Directions || How to make Baida Roti

Mix the maida, oil, salt and water and knead it into a soft dough.

Make five to six equal portions from the dough.

Now, roll out each portion of dough into a thin, square-shaped chapatti.

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan or a tawa. Place the chappati on the pan.

Place some mince chicken or meat (keema) (you can watch my video how to prepare keema), in the centre of the chapatti.

Pour a spoonful of beaten egg,onions and coriander over and around the mince chicken.

Fold the sides of the chapatti to cover the meat and egg, like in a square packet.

Flip and pour some ghee around the folded chappati again. Fry till it turns golden brown in colour.

Your baida roti is done!!

Serve with green chutney.

Corn Kebabs

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Corn_kebabCorn Kebab is also known as Makkai Kebab is loved by most  kids because of its sweetness.It makes a healthy and delicious snack and its one of the favorite snacks of my daughter.

Check out how to make this simple and easy recipe Corn Kebab.

 

Preparation Time : 20 mins

Cooking Time : 10 mins

Serves : 2

Ingredients

½ Cup Corn Kernels
2 Big Potatoes (boiled) mashed
1/4 cup of shredded cheese
3 Green Chilies (chopped)
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Directions || How to prepare Corn kebabs

Crush the corn kernels in the grinder, to get a rough paste , please do not add any water.

Mix this coarse paste with potatoes,ginger,cheese,green chilies and salt.

Divide mixture into equal parts and shape them as kebabs.

Deep-fry the kebabs in hot oil until they are golden brown in colour and drain on absorbent paper.

Fry it for about 10 minutes and serve hot with any chutney of your choice.

You can even serve it as a side dish with french fries.

Tips
You can add any veggies of your choice like shredded cabbage or fine cut capsicum.

Shami Kebabs(Minced chicken Kebabs)

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Shami kebabs or Shaami Kebabs are a popular Afghan and Indian variety of kebab, also famous kebabs found in Pakistani cuisine. Shami Kebab recipe is great snack made with mutton and chana dal. The basic ingredient for kebabs is usually mutton but it can very well be substituted by chicken or fish or even veggie.Kebabs are cooked well with spices and then grounded to a smooth mixture.Whole spices as they do not grind well in the grinder, people tend to buy shami kebab masala from market , but i normally like preparing masala at home.
For best results, keep the ground dough in the refrigerator or 1 hour for better binding of the shami kebabs. It gets easy to make the discs when you refrigerate the dough.I am sure once you make them, you will be compelled to try them out again and again.

Let’s get started with our shami kebab recipe.

Preparation time : 1.5 hours

Cooking time : 10 mins

Serves : 5-6

 

Ingredients

500 gm chicken/mutton mince
2 cups water
1 cup bengal gram / chana dal
4 green cardamom
1 inch cinnamon stick
8-10 black pepper balls
3 red chillies
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dhaniya(coriander seeds)
1 tsp jeera(cumin seeds)
1 chopped onions
4-5 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger chopped
Salt to taste

For binding Shami kebabs

1 egg
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 green chilly finely chopped
1 medium size finely chopped onions
handful of coriander leaves / cilantro
oil for frying

 

Directions || How to make Shami kebabs

For shami kebab masala

Grind cardamoms, cinnamon, black pepper balls ,red chillies ,cumin seeds, coriander seeds and bay leaves to a fine powder.

For shami kebab patties

In a cooking pot,add the meat mince, water, chana dal, chopped onions,shami kebab masala ,ginger chopped,garlic cloves and salt.
Add 2 cups of water and Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat.(You can even pressure cook it to 7-8 whistle)
Cook everything till all the water has evaporated from it and the meat is tender.
If the water is present in the mixture, the binding of the kabab will be difficult and they will just fall apart.
Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.
Grind the meat in a food processor to form a smooth mixture.
In a mixing bowl , add cooked minced meat/chicken ,onions ,garam masala powder, salt and coriander.
Mix them all together.
Divide the mixture equally into small lemon sized portions and shape each of them into a circle.
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the shamis until they golden brown in color
Remove and drain the excess oil on kitchen towels. Serve hot with mint chutney.
You can even store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

 

Ragada Patties(Mumbai style)

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Ragda Patties or Mumbaiya Ragada Pattice is a favorite chaat all over the globe , be it India or USA or canada or any corner of the world ,mumbai chat is famous worldwide.This mumbai street food is prepared with potato patties topped with white peas gravy(ragda) and two chutneys (green corinder and tamarind date chutney),onions and sev. It has combination of sweet ,spicy and tangy flavors.

Preparation time : 45 mins +(8 hours of white peas soaking)
Cooking time : 45 mins
Serves : 5-6

 

Ingredients

For The Ragada

1 cup vatana (dried white peas)
2 medium size onions finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp chat masala powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

For The Patties

4 big size potatoes boiled
2 tbsp bread crumbs
salt to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp chat masala powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder

 

Other Ingredients

oil for deep-frying

To Serve

1/2 cup green chutney
1/2 khajur imli ki chutney
1 cup sev
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup finely chopped coriander
1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions || How to prepare ragada patties

For the ragada

Soak the dried peas overnight.
In a pressure cooker , add oil and then add finely chopped onions.
Once the onions turn golden brown, add chopped tomatoes.
Once the tomatoes turns mushy or soft , add red chilli powder,garam masala powder,cumin powder,chat powder and mix them well.
Add approximately 2 to 3 cups of fresh water and pressure cook for 7-8 whistles or until the peas are soft.
Keep the cooked ragada aside.

For the patties

Boil, peel and grate the potatoes.
Add the red chilli powder , garam masala ,chat masala and cumin powder , bread crumbs and salt and knead to a soft dough.
Divide into 12 equal portions and keep aside.
Roll out each portion into a 75 mm. (3″) diameter circle. Place a portion of the ground filling mixture on each circle.
Bring together the edges in the centre to seal the filling inside the potato.
Press lightly on top to make a patty.
Repeat to make the remaining patties.
Shallow fry on a non-stick pan till the patties are golden brown and crisp.

How to proceed for serving

For serving, place 2 patties on a plate and pour the ragda over.
Top with all the chutneys. Sprinkle the onions,green chutney,tamarind and dates chutney,chopped coriander,sev and sprinkle some lime juice on top.
Serve immediately.

Tips

You might need to add some more cornflour to the potatoes if they are not dry enough.

Mix dal Pakora/Bhajji

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Pakora (Fritter)or Bhajji’s is a famous recipe for Iftar and Ramadan. Pakoras are made in 90% homes at the time of iftar.Pakoray is a very tasty, light weight, and light saltish snack which taste good with tomato ketchup, raita or chutney.

I try to make different pakoras every time , sometimes aloo (potato)pakora, sometimes pyaz(onions) pakora and sometimes palak pakora.This is the first time, i tried this mix dal pakoras. I’m sharing with all this delicious and yummy mix dal pakora.

This is one of the most favorite pakora or you can say bhajji and there are so many sweet childhood memories attached to it. My mom use to prepare these Bhajji’s every tuesday to break her fast 🙂 and I used to wait for tuesday desperately :)Mix dal pakora can also be served at tea time and snacks or even as starters.

Preparation time:15 mins + 4 hours soaking of dals
Cooking time:10 mins
Serves : 4 to 5 people

Ingredients

For The Dal Mixture

2 cup chana dal (split bengal gram)
1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)
1/2 cup urad dal (split black lentils)

1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
a pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
2-3 green chillies
1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
2 to 3 cloves garlic
1 medium size onion finely chopped
1 cup chopped coriander (dhania)

salt to taste
oil for deep frying

Direction || How to make mix dal pakora

Wash and soak all dals for 4 hours.

Strain water and keep it aside.

In a grinder add cumin seeds,garlic,green chillies,turmeric powder,asafoetida and dal.

Coarsely grind them together.

In a bowl, mix coarsley ground dals,chopped onions ,chopped coriander,salt and mix well.

Heat oil on medium flame and deep fry all pakodas till they turn golden brown and crisp from al the sides.

Serve hot with coconut chutney or any chutney of your choice.